I have to admit to saying this, to my son often in the past... He's always thought I was bonkers anyway... And I've long known that I'm outdated... Thanks!
- (idiomatic, somewhat dated, British) A rebuke especially directed towards children for having referred to their mother, or any other woman in the third person, instead of using a properly respectful title or their name when appropriate.
- - Where is your mother?
- - She's making tea in the kitchen.
- - Who's 'she', the cat's mother?
- - Mother is making tea in the kitchen.